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The Potential of, and Threat to, the Transfer of Ecological Knowledge in Urban Areas: The Case of Community-Based Woodland Management in Tokyo, Japan

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dc.contributor.author Tsuchiya, Kazuaki
dc.contributor.author Aoyagi, Midori
dc.contributor.author Okuro, Toshiya
dc.contributor.author Takeuchi, Kazuhiko
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-30T20:07:55Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-30T20:07:55Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9447
dc.description.abstract "Urban dwellers often have little knowledge of local ecosystems, but community groups that actively manage local ecosystems can acquire a rich ecological knowledge. Understanding the knowledge transfer process within community groups contributes to the continuous improvement of urban ecosystem management. In this paper, we address three main questions: (1) How is ecological knowledge acquisition linked to boundary and intra-group interactions? (2) Does holding knowledge mean the involvement in actual management activities? (3) Does the aging of community group members threaten the continuity of activities? We selected satoyama woodlands (seminatural woodlands) in peri-urban Tokyo, Japan as a study site. We used a mixed method approach that combined a qualitative interview with a quantitative questionnaire. We found that boundary interactions were particularly important at the start of an urban ecological management process, to obtain basic knowledge relating to management activities. Intra-group interaction contributed to knowledge transfer after the starting period. We found that participants possessing considerable ecological knowledge do not necessarily participate in management activities. Findings also indicated that the aging of group members in groups established for more than 10 years was an area of concern for the continuity of group activities. New members did not necessarily solve this aging issue. We conclude that further measures and actions are needed to ensure long-term knowledge transfer among the participants of community groups in urban ecosystem management." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject local knowledge en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject ecology en_US
dc.subject woodlands en_US
dc.title The Potential of, and Threat to, the Transfer of Ecological Knowledge in Urban Areas: The Case of Community-Based Woodland Management in Tokyo, Japan en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Japan en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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